Tuesday 1.11.2016 in Expression in Papua New Guinea Country Page
Freedom of speech is guaranteed under Section 46 of the constitution. However, journalists are often subject to harassment and attacks for their reporting and some are directly threatened by officials forcing them to self-censor. In February 2018, a journalist from the PNG Post Courier, Franky Kapin, was assaulted by staff from the Office of the Governor of Morobe Province after they made allegations that his reporting was biased. The government has banned journalists from accessing the Australia-run refugee detention center on Manus Island thus limiting reporting on the conditions for refugees in the camp. In October 2018, a documentary about illegal evictions and demolition was banned from screening at a film festival. There are no restrictions on online and social media, although the authorities threatened to impose a month-long ban on Facebook in May 2018. Internet penetration in Papua New Guinea is extremely low and the country does not have an access to information law.